As celebrities flock to Coachella, Lena Dunham revealed her dream all-female act for the California music festival, a group whose purpose is less about music and more about “women lifting women” within the feminist cause during a divisive presidential primary.
“Like Beyoncé before me, I have been secretly developing a music/movement project that will explode brains across America and the Netherlands,” Dunham wrote in Tuesday’s Lenny newsletter. “It’s not a band. It’s not a dance troupe. It’s a social ®evolution, and we’re called B.I.T.C.H.”
The fantasy group includes Dunham’s “soul sisters” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, “vice First Lady” Jill Biden, and Cindy McCain, the wife of Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain. The group also includes California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the late prima ballerina Maria Tallchief in hologram form and “the spirit of Andrea Dworkin,” a radical feminist writer. The women were chosen because of their careers and passions, from Biden’s support of U.S. troops to McCain’s work combating human trafficking.
“We as a group felt the best way to stifle the red tide of misogyny and divisive feminist in-fighting that has overtaken our country during this heated presidential primary was to head to Coachella and perform a set that will make all the Pretty Little Liars dance till they have to be taken to urgent care for dehydration,” Dunham wrote.
And it’s possible she’s on to something with her entirely female act. Coachella has historically lacked female headliners, and this year is no different. While there have been surprise performances by women, there were no female headliners on the lineup for the festival’s first or second weekend this year. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported, only one woman—Björk—has ever headlined at Coachella.